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Back in the Game

January 31, 2014 - Nick Dutro
When I took on an editor role at The Advertiser-Tribune, I said goodbye to reporting. Well, in theory, as I ended up covering the government beat a few times when necessary. But for the most part, my time as a reporter had ended.

Well, this week that changed, if only for a while.

Since taking on this blog, I’ve had a chance to write on a weekly basis, which is great, but this week I did interviews for a few stories for an upcoming edition, something I’ve not done in almost a year. And it was invigorating.

As I had said in my first blog post, whenever asked how I felt about being an editor, the phrase often ended with “...but I miss writing.” To break that statement down is to go into everything that made my job as government reporter fulfilling, frustrating and fun -- from talking to a county employee or waiting for results from a mid-term election in the basement of the County Service Building, and then the long nights in front of a computer, deciphering scrawled text and hiccups in my recordings. It’s hard to explain why I would miss that. Or why I’m so excited to do it again.

Then again, one perk to taking on a quick, cameo assignment (as I refer to it) is that I get to walk away. It’s probably more of a blessing than anything that I’m just doing this for a couple assignments and then returning to life as usual.

As of writing this, I haven’t put my fingers to the keyboard yet on my stories, but the interviews have been completed and the vision is there. I’m excited for what’s to come, even if it is only a passing chance to return to something I love.

What I’m reading: Batman Vol. 3 by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo. If you thought Heath Ledger’s Joker was creepy, this guy makes him look like Alfred.

What I’m listening to: “San Fermin” by San Fermin


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